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KNIGHT AND DAY is one of the most fun you'll have at the movies this summer. Fasten your seatbelt and leave the drive at 'Cruise' control. It's non-stop action, entertaining, mysterious, thrilling and full of surprises . What The Bounty Hunter and Killers failed, KNIGHT AND DAY excels. The combination of rom-com and action is as worth watching as the chemistry between Cruise and Diaz who by the way are not only comfortable with each other, they really claim their roles and own this genre like it's nobody else's business.
Imagine a less serious Ethan Hunt from Mission Impossible or Ethan Hunt with the just the right shot of effective comedy, and you'll have yourself KNIGHT AND DAY. In a way, it is kinda like the True Lies of this decade. Just like Jamie Lee Curtis, June (Diaz) panics most of the time and just like Arnold, Roy (Cruise) would smoothly save her ass from flying bullets. And Jamie eventually becomes part of Arnold's team. But what makes KNIGHT AND DAY more interesting is its ability to keep you guessing who might actually be the bad guy. I'm not saying action sequences are not gonna be far fetched but this is the kind of movie that you just have to allow to be what it is because it's got enough twists and turns to get you smilin' and satisfied.
After Girl Interrupted, Cop Land, Walk The Line, Identity, 3:10 To Yuma and then this, I think it's safe to say that director James Mangold's name is synonymous with good quality films. The difference is, Mangold relaxes a bit with KNIGHT AND DAY, it emphasizes on making Roy Miller seem ten times more invincible than James Bond. There are scenes when Roy and June get captured but after a few minutes of unconsciousness and trying to regain consciousness on June's part, Roy suddenly gets June in a safe place all over again. Sometimes it makes you wish you could see what's going on or how Roy gets them out of that situation but you won't mind it at all because that's when the comedy comes in, along with the interaction between the two characters that will definitely crack you up.
If there's one thing I think could be tweaked is that the runtime might be a bit long but hey, I'd rather have this than The Bounty Hunter where it completely doesn't make sense how Aniston and Butler got around to like each other after all their annoying arguments. In KNIGHT AND DAY, it's not tough for June to fall for Roy who is always there as her knight in shining armor, besides, girls love mysterious men. KNIGHT AND DAY feeds on that stereotype, so much so that when her opinion about Roy is compromised, they've spent enough time together that she can somewhat eventually calculate his moves, or at least attempts to. I think Roy is amused by June, he enjoys saving her, despite going through all kinds of trouble doing so. He admires her attention to family, the very thing that he as a spy is forced to leave behind. So there's very little confusion as to how on earth that these two different characters end up in a wacky but convincing romance. It definitely helps to have Cruise and Cameron in the lead. Cruise is charming and badass, and it's funny that his character remains polite even in the middle of chaos. Cameron is sexy and irresistible, because even when she's panicking, she doesn't get to the point in which she'll irritate you.
It seemed like every time the action sequences threatened to get good they had to remind you just how silly and stupid this movie was required to be. I just don't understand why they felt it necessary to insult your intelligence at every turn with camp and completely ridiculous action. All this stupidity was beyond absurd and I just don't find moronic and impossible cartoon stunts fun to watch. Luck saved the day every time you turned around, not skill and that aggravates a viewer after a while. I thought I'd find a guilty pleasure. Instead, what I found was a waste of time and an insult to my active brain cells. Summer deserves better than this and better than what Tom Cruise is delivering nowadays. The 21st century has not been kind to Mr. Cruise and his choice in films has not been kind to any real movie fan.
I thought this movie was action packed and funny. I was surprised how much I really laughed out loud. Plus once you thought you knew the plot it changed. Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz are an unlikely match but for some reason their comedic timing together just worked. I was surprised how much this action film had me laughing in my seat. At times I thought the action scenes were a little out there but I think that is why the comedy worked. I am a 40 something woman and enjoyed the movie along side my husband. Plus our 16 year son quite enjoyed as well. This movie really does have something for everyone, action, comedy and a little romance. I would highly recommend this movie for a little escapism on a hot afternoon.
This film was not made for the viewing pleasure of its audiences, but
rather for the sadistic pleasures of its creators. Like "Zombieland"
and "Tropic Thunder", "Knight and Day" trumps its own genre by moving
beyond any accepted framework that made movies of its ilk tolerable,
and like a lobotomy it ends up removing some of the brains from the
person on the receiving end of it.
The only reason a film like this is even considered any where near decent, is because it uses the same "tricks" used by other Hollywood-films of its type, which have been deeply ingrained into the minds of its typical audience members as being good things. These acceptable "tricks", better called manipulations, can leave even thinking people accepting to the stupefying effects of this movie's video game violence and abrupt absurdities. The usual mix of action-comedy elements, of violence and stupid, are deployed like atomic bombs in this movie; leaving the audience members either in dumbstruck awe or confused by complete inanity.
AVOID THIS MOVIE AT ALL COSTS. THIS MOVIE WILL MAKE YOU STUPID.
I am sure that Knight and Day, and movies like it, will be seen by future historians as the last vestiges of an entertainment industry gone awry. Don't be a victim to a failed system.
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You cannot go into this type of movie without suspending your logic and
belief about gravity and many other improbable things. But you know
what? Cameron Diaz has one of the best grins and Tom Cruise is still a
hunk and a charmer, they make us enjoy the movie, with all its stupid
contrived plots and overwhelming action sequences. Me and my friends
all loved the movie. I didn't know its genre and hadn't seen the
trailers for the movie, but went to see it as I am a fan of both Cruise
and Diaz. After the dramatic Valkyrie (which was in 2008, took a full 2
years for Tom to make another movie!), it was good to see Tom back in a
mindless action movie. Diaz and Tom team up again after a long time. In
'Vanilla Sky' they didn't have enough screen time together. Director
James Mangold knows that this isn't a movie which has to be taken
seriously and has made the actors have fun with it. The cgi effects are
quite well done (obviously) and the cinematography is excellent. Most
of the locations are just so grand and beautiful. Not to forget, the
excellent bull chase scene in Spain which was awesome.
Carrying a bagful of metal junk to repair her father's old car, June Havens (Cameron Diaz) is on her way to her sister's wedding when she accidentally bumps into Roy Miller (Tom Cruise), a charming and handsome man. After repeatedly bumping into each other at the airport and finally finding out that they are on the same flight, they just flirt with each other. She finds out during the course of a rather entertaining flight that Roy is a rogue FBI agent, whose intentions is not exactly clear in the beginning. She is smack in the middle of all the chaos just because she happens to be a witness to something called the Zephyr, a perpetual energy source. June has to figure out who she can trust in this crazy situation; the FBI or Roy? During the course of the story, June and Roy travel all over the globe (Massachusetts, California, Austria, Jamaican Islands, Illinois, Spain among others) to keep the Zephyr away from the bad guys. The FBI and many others are after Roy and the Zephyr, but it turns out that Roy is being framed by his former partner who wants to sell the Zephyr to terrorists. Will June and Roy make it out of this mess in one piece?
There is also a sub-plot involving Roy Miller's parents. They think that their son is dead, but they don't know that Roy is keeping an eye on his parents for their safety. That was done just to give a background story on Roy's character. There are a couple of scenes which were definitely more suited for some other genre; Roy disappears from a room when the SWAT team is coming from all the exits of the room and a moment later we are shown him running across the roof top of the opposite building at full speed. That was a scene more suited for the supernatural genre. Well, he is more like Superman than an ordinary person here anyway, so I can forgive that.
Tom Cruise is definitely ageing gracefully; he has lost some of his famous boyish looks, but his acting still packs a punch. Cameron Diaz looks gorgeous and still has her comedic timing intact. There are a few scenes where she looks old and haggard at times, but it is understandable as she isn't exactly the new kid on the block. The movie has equal amounts of non-stop banter between Miller and June, romantic tension and an overdose of extremely well choreographed action sequences. Plotwise, Knight & Day doesn't offer anything new, nor do we expect it to be anything new. It is a tried and tested plot of an agent out to protect something, and in this case the thing happens to be a source of infinite energy which could solve the energy crisis around the world. Do we really care about this Zephyr? Not a chance, because it could have been anything and still we wouldn't care about it in the least bit. All we want to see is Tom and Diaz create their magic on screen. One scene I really loved is when there is a chase scene and Roy jumps off from a motorbike and lands on the FBI car and tells calmly to June that her dress is beautiful, while killing off all the agents! The ex-boyfriend scenes were also very funny. Tom Cruise still creates the magic and you have to watch this if you are a hardcore Cruise fan, the comedy and action provides wholesome entertainment.
I can't imagine how this got past the studio bosses, or who took a look
at the finished screenplay (after all the rewrites and different
writers) and said "This is great!
Tired spy story remake, bad plot with huge holes in it; the title is never even explained. Terrible "witty" dialogue that no one would say in real life, and a body count in the hundreds.
However the main, huge, turnoff for me was the "running joke" of the Diaz character being drugged, undressed and dressed, to wake up in another country because "she wasn't handling" the carnage well. Drugging and dragging an unconscious woman without her permission and consent across borders is not "romantic", it's human trafficking. It just makes Tom Cruise and his movie character more creepy.
As for the rest, imagine a joke told by someone with no sense of humor, and romance between two cardboard figures. For those who like such things, there are lots of gunshots, dead bodies and explosions.
I was really surprised by this movie! I had seen the trailer and didn't really feel like it was worth watching and I had heard pretty bad things about it. But when I did end up seeing it, I really enjoyed it. It has some great action scenes in it that were very well made. I also love the Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz combo! I think they have great chemistry together. It was a very funny movie, something I did not expect at all. I thought the jokes were going to be boring and dry, so I was surprised when the movie actually made me laugh, and a lot too! The jokes were funny and you didn't see them coming. I definitely recommend it! A fun movie to watch and great entertainment for two hours!
It is an action film with a fantastic high whit that flight motorcycle
Cruise / Diaz facing a bunch of bulls in San Fermin in Seville, which
does not prevent watching fun . There understanding between Cruise and
Diaz on the screen.
As we have supporting actors Jordi Molla ( "Bad Boys II" played a Cuban drug dealer, and here he's a Spanish arms dealer), Peter Sarsgaard (an agent that wants to end "Roy ", the character played by Tom Cruise , Paul Dano , Maggie Grace (mostly serious as a cameo , as it comes out in about two sequences) and Marc Blucas . The score composed by John Powell I found at the height of the film, bumpy adrenaline .
I think this film is a parody of James Bond and "Mission: Impossible"... not as surreal as those and much better than some of the James Bond Pierce Brosnan for example, because else are some movies Sean Connery from the beginning,
In short, it is an entertaining film with some grace and to have a good time without any pretensions .
"Knight and Day" revolves around Cameron Diaz, who is boarding a plane
to see her sister April get married. At first, she is forbidden to
board the plane, but then the flight attendant finds a seat for her.
And guess who Diaz sits next to? The inevitable Tom Cruise. After
having a little "talk" with the pilot, the passengers, and the flight
attendant, him and Diaz seek out to hunt down the antagonists, one
which is played by Peter Sarsgaard. Although, Cruise warns Diaz that
the bad guys will say that they are the "FBI" and will pretend she's in
a safe place. However, through further investigation, Diaz may think
that Cruise is unto something. In the meantime, the bad guys are
looking for the battery and are not too thrilled about who holds its
First, let's get to the positives. First off, I liked that this movie established character development. Most action/comedy films fail to fully flesh out are leads and then we aren't registered with them. 3:10 to Yuma director makes us care about these characters, and when put in a tough situation, we just hope the best. Second of all, I thought the script was great. I thought this movie had some really funny one-liners and the film had great comic timing. It couldn't have been better. Thirdly, I thought that the performances were great. All the characters did their job and even stood out, especially Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruise. Diaz and Cruise also had wonderful chemistry and their relationship never felt forced or phony. It came out as very authentic rather than artificial and syrupy. Moreover, I thought the film's pacing was excellent. The film is shy of two hours, yet feels like half of that. After the film was over, I thought there would be at least another hour added. Furthermore, I thought the action was awesome. It definitely delivered and this is the best action I've seen in a long time. And lastly, the cinematography was just amazing. I loved the scenery and great production values I must add.
There are very minimal flaws with this movie. However, there are some. First of all, I know this film is intentionally nonsensical, but some scenes went so over-the-top, that when it occasionally was meant to be serious, it came off as cheesy or laugh worthy, fortunately, like I said, occasionally. Second of all, I enjoyed this movie so much that I just wish it were longer.
Overall, "Knight and Day" is a great film because of its fresh script, great performances, amazing action, great comic timing, breathtaking cinematography, and a fascinating direction. And for the first time, it's actually not mindless! If you keep your brain on, you'll still thoroughly enjoy it. If you were disappointed by "Killers", don't worry, so was I, because you will still like this movie. Shoot, I enjoyed it so much I think it's even better than "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" which I liked. "Knight and Day" is one of those rare movies that just works on every level and is one of those rare movies that is worth full admission. See it at night with a large crowd, with a big bucket of popcorn, and a drink, and you'll have a blast. I enjoyed the movie so much that I wanted it to last from "Knight" to "Day". It comes highly recommended.
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To think, all of the action that takes place in the Summer blockbuster
bait of "Knight and Day" is because of a special kind of battery.
Cameron Diaz works her charm as an auto mechanic; her garage primarily
focuses on restoring old classic cars. She meets Tom Cruise, special
agent, at the airport, gets a ticket on board a flight containing an
entire crew and passenger manifest consisting of shadowy assassins
attempting to retrieve the batterynot to mention, eliminate Cruise who
becomes "solitary killing machine" when Diaz hits the lady's room.
The rest of the movie has poor Diaz mixed up in Cruise's global cat and mouse with the company he was once employed with, FBI or CIA, some sort of governmental entity which trains special agents and assigns them tasks and operations to perform.
"Knight and Day" is standard absurd escapist fare designed to cater to a crowd expecting thrills while munching on popcorn. Cruise's agent can accomplish stunning feats like multi-tasking when "the enemy" is after him, such as keeping his equilibrium in check despite having to shoot different weapons while on the top of cars as a number of people are firing machine guns in his direction.
His motorcycle ride with Cameron as his passenger through the streets of a Spanish city during the "running of the bulls" and how Cruise constantly avoids certain death while people are chasing him is as preposterous and exciting as it gets. There are plenty of James Bond type heroics for Cruise here, but, to be honest, he's essentially sliding into the vacant chair Sly and Arnold filled during the 80s and 90s. The violence to those Cruise annihilates is shot in a manner befitting a larger viewing audience, no graphic bloodshed, despite the climbing body count and use of artillery.
"Knight and Day" has the stunning locations typical of a globe-trotting action movie, such as a train in the Alps or the many places in Spain. Perhaps the biggest action sequence occurs in Boston, where Diaz' character lives.
Sub-plots include Diaz preparing for her sister's nuptials and discovering Cruise's parents home (they believe he's dead), Paul Dano's misfit genius who invented the batter constantly in peril with Cruise his protector (although, Cruise treats him like a big brother), Peter Sarsgaard as the agent out to catch Cruise (he's actually the villain who wants the battery and framed Cruise as the "rogue agent" who betrayed his government), and Jordi Mollà as Antonio, also wanting the battery because of its value, using the many Spanish henchmen as his disposal in order to do so.
Diaz finds herself knee-deep in espionage inadvertently, even one point having herself kidnapped by Antonio so that she can reunite with Cruise when they are separated. One funny scene has Diaz drugged by Antonio with a truth serum so that she can unveil the location of the battery, but all it does is cause her to ramble about everything except what he desires (it gets even funnier when Cruise storms Antonio's compound to rescue her and she admits they would probably have great sex!).
"Knight and Day" has the usual mixture of romance, comedy, and ridiculous superhuman abilities of its hero (and heroine, since Diaz even performs some pretty impressive feats such as driving a car from the back seat while hunching over a dead driver while Cruise is dangling from different areas of the vehicle, not to mention, shooting a gun while sitting in Cruise's lap as he is driving the motorcycle through crowded streets and alleys with constant gunfire aimed right at them) we expect from a movie designed to target a large opening weekend during the summer.
Sarsgaard, a fine actor, is really on auto-pilot here, not asked to do much except connive and plot his strategy for getting the battery. Cruise has several scenes (including the flight from Wichita and on board the train, where he must combat highly skilled assassins) where he must use Jason Bourne type martial arts skills.
The use of a knock-out drug which subdues Diaz (and even Cruise at the end) so that Cruise can keep her from hysterics is an interesting device which shows a skewed perspective from the point-of-view of the one under its influence, how she can visualize (in a haze) certain moments awakening for brief intervals, before finally returning to a lucid state (it also allows the director to avoid showing how Cruise gets Diaz out of a seemingly impossible trap with a veritable army of Antonio's men in a warehouse and to an island "off the grid").
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